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Resisting Temptation.
« on: July 08, 2020, 11:31:08 AM »

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Temptation takes many forms and often rears its head when we are at our weakest and this is revealed clearly in Jesus' time in the wilderness when He was desperately hungry. He well knew His Divinity could make His earthly life one of power, wealth, adulation, ease and physical comfort but resisted the temptation, not by dialoguing with Satan but by using the strength to resist He gained from His desire to carry out His Father's command to Him.  Let us look at how He accomplished this, as described in Matthew 4: 1-11 (KJV). 

?Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards an hungered.  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

As the creator of the quantum aspect of His creation jesus knew full well that the atomic structure of stones could easily be turned into that of bread by Him but because He would do only that which He saw His Father do He would not take that easy path and so remained hungry.
Jesus' scripture reference - (Deuteronomy 8: 3. KJV) ?And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knew not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live?

"Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, "It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.""
Jesus' scripture reference - (Psalm 91: 12.) ?They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.?)

"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.?    Jesus knew that with His divine power He could rule not only the world but the whole universe but He also knew that when compared to His spiritual kingdom it was utterly worthless.
Jesus' scripture reference - (Deuteronomy 6: 13.) ?Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.?

When we are tempted, as we undoubtedly will be on many, many occasions, let us not argue with the devilish thoughts but simply fall back on scripture, as did Christ and let us simply quote His words, recorded in Mark's Gospel. 8:33 KJV ?But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.?  Peter was rebuked because he was looking at things from man?s point of view rather than God?s.  Whilst Peter had an undoubtedly caring nature it was often misguided.  Jesus rebuked Peter because his thoughts were in line with Satan?s (worldly) thoughts. Much sin is committed under the guise of care when that care is misguided. This is why we need to always check things out in the Scriptures.  If someone, no matter their station in life, religious or secular, is misleading us, then they must be rebuked and this is what Jesus did with Peter. He was not so much criticizing him but trying to redirect his thinking back to the things of God.  So fall back upon and proclaim those other words of  Jesus when tempted. ?Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,     Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.?             

There is Divine power in those words which helps us to resist any and all proffered temptation and when we act upon them then, indeed, angels will come and minister unto us. But first must come our determined resistance for only then will be given to us the Divine help from the Holy Spirit.     

As Christ revealed in Gethsemane it is by will alone that someone is good or bad and never ever forget that at the end of each human life either God or Satan will say 'Mine' of each soul on offer

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Re: Resisting Temptation.
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2020, 12:52:52 AM »
Yeah - that's how the emeny gains acess [ through finding the weakest link]- and then he will cause division - in yourself and in your family

I suppose it's the ploughing of the field..


Once your tempted he will - use you and condemn you..

Cannot understand why God allows things to happen - the normal dad would protect but God does not..

I will guard people especially the young  - but God does'nt do that..

I just diverted my grandson from a site that was after his money..

God does,nt do that -  He will let them go ahead


I thought I knew the heart of God - but I see that I do not.




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Re: Resisting Temptation.
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2020, 01:23:50 PM »
Hi. Earthman
Thank you for your post of course God does not allow the things you say he has given us laws and commands to avoid all these things so it is not God who allows evil it is us who refuse to follow his commands.
This is why we have free will so that we can choose to follow or reject his command and the most important choice of all to love to love God and love our fellow man freewill is essential if we are to love from the heart

Love and peace
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2020, 03:05:41 AM »
Did King David have these commands / take notice/ use them?

Once he had fallen to bathsheba and lost his child due to his behaviour - how did God value him..

Did King David decide one day to go against  the God his heart was after ?

King David was a man after God's heart - so how was he enticed to look upon a woman - what was behind his lust [ when he had more concubines than any man could manage and why did he have more wives than  any man could satisfy /have /  ?]

Why did he have his own family come up against him afterwards  - even his own son absalom /and why was his famjly so divided after this time ..

I've gone through the entire Psalms - word by word  and study by study [over 7 years] , so you tell me what was behind the whole thing..


David had a choice when he fought Goliath - but he had no chose to make himself King..

He had no choice when his son came up agaisnt him or or when his own soldiers came up against him , he had no choice to die in a bed with someone keeping him warm... [he opened a door -when he layed with bathseba] God judged him in this life...

Commands / laws or choice are not always part of our lives or this argument..

Bringing it to our current time - how many chose to die with Corona Virus .. etc

 Did you have a choice during lockdown ?

What force was deciding and behind your future ? [ was it God] government ?  or was it a darker force...

Why was David seem to be in  favour with God - when all his basic desires seemed to be against God !

We now read about king david in the bible - why ?  a man after God's heart ?

Now tell me why you deserve to live during the Corona virus ... or live at all..

Resisting is not just about temptation  it's about that inbuilt knowing of a weakness....

 What you give into to is the acknowledgement of a weakness..

Christ takes that weakness [ as in King David] your heart may be the same or it may not be [that's for God to decide]

He decides between selfish hearts and all the other silly hearts on this planet..

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Re: Resisting Temptation.
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2020, 12:50:26 PM »
Hi Earthman
Thank you for your reply what we need to remember is David was under the law if you broke the law there were consequences and David broke the law he knew that murder and adultery was against the law but he chose to commit sin.
As a result he lost his son the son of the father paid the price for the sins of the father reminds us of another son who paid the price for the sins of the world.

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2020, 12:30:56 AM »
 Yeah yeah yeah - resist the devil  and he will flee  well firstly that was wrtten after Davids death.

So many tempatations when you are in that position..

Im sure David did resist during these times [even though that scripture was not available at that time]

He came under heavy atack  [ nothing worse than you own family coming up against you and you own nation/army/

Hi. Earthman
Thank you for your post of course God does not allow the things you say he has given us laws and commands to avoid all these things so it is not God who allows evil it is us who refuse to follow his commands.
This is why we have free will so that we can choose to follow or reject his command and the most important choice of all to love to love God and love our fellow man freewill is essential if we are to love from the heart

Love and peace
Dave

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Thank you for your post of course God does not allow the things



That's the problem - God does allow things
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God has a permissive will - that permits people to live they way they do...

Personally - I am battling thoughts and memories, I war against taking every though captive - this is good for repetive thoughts and memories that are persistent [you can take these captive and bring before Christ] you have to do it over and over until they go away...

 Temptaton however is another story - it can attack you when you are vunerable or when you are naive - it can come from areas in your life that you are not aware of / the devil and hordes are not stupid - they know the scriptures more than we do... and they know us more than we do

With common temptation - once entered you  use " repent" once in the trap you repent ..you try to turn away from it..

I know because I have used scripture for both


You may not understand any of this - that's okay - keep looking through your own goggles -  Giod allows some /,many to do that

Now I enter the Corans Virus period -  I give my future to the person who saved me..

 I have no idea what is next..

I suppose it's like a marriage "for better or for worse - until death..

Yeah I know  about repentance / resisting and temptation as i use them evreryday

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Re: Resisting Temptation.
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2020, 01:31:59 AM »
You need EMDR to help you with that or something similar.  You have PTSD causing the merry go round thoughts/emotions.  This has you in chains.   God can use anything including therapy.  This is what will make a difference for you.  Some here, even you may not like this answer...but it is the answer i am goaded to give you.

Much love, light and serenity to you.
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Re: Resisting Temptation.
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2020, 01:52:37 AM »


 :great:

I will-wait for God and His promise to me - "that he will do amazing things" re: "wait til 3am" 
ahh just alerted me to a dmain that is not renuede

 Have to renew the blog domain

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